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The Perfect Guy

by Ann Herrick

      Rebecca Collins, a high school sophomore, has her love life all figured out. After her mom marries her crush's dad, she'll move into his house where she'll be charming and witty. Before long, Prescott Nelson will see her as more than just his younger stepsister---he'll realize he loves her as much as she loves him.

Prescott Nelson is Rebecca's perfect guy. He's a handsome and intelligent senior who plays on the baseball team, stars in every school drama, and is school council president. He's a little hesitant about getting a stepmother, but learns that having a stepsister, especially one who knows what it's like to lose a parent, isn't so bad.

Rebecca volunteers to write the school play, partially because she wants to impress her stepfather, the Chairman of the English department, who also directs the annual production. However, her main reason is she believes that writing a starring role tailored to Prescott will help him see her in a new light. Moreover, she can write the female lead specifically for her best friend, Celeste Sullivan, who wouldn't dare make a move on Rebecca's crush like Alicia, Celeste's understudy. In the meantime, Josh Sullivan proves an indispensable aide and friend.

Who ends up with whom? You must read The Perfect Guy to find out.

This romance novel is a tender and innocent look at teenage relationships. Early on in the story, I predicted the ending. However, in the spirit of fairness, I thought it wise to turn the book and the rest of this review over to my daughter, a member of the target audience:

I'm not as ancient or as worldly as my mother. I didn't think The Perfect Guy was at all predictable; I had to keep turning the pages to find out what would happen next. Though first published in 1989, the story still fits contemporary times. I could envision the characters walking the halls in my high school. The friendships were real and the love story was genuine. The ending took me by surprise; even though the story didn't end the way I thought it would, I still enjoyed how events came together. I've already recommended this book to my friends, but they'll have to get their own copies. I'm keeping mine so I can read it again and again.

The Book

Hard Shell Word Factory
(re-release) June 2005
Teen/YA Romance
More at author's site
NOTE: Awards: International Reading Association/Children's Book Council "Children's Choice" winner - American Library Association "Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers"

The Reviewer

Lynda E. and Samantha Lukow
Reviewed 2005
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